The team

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Karen Davies, Director Museum Development

Karen oversees the programme as a whole.

Michelle Davies, Joint Programme Manager

Michelle leads on Inclusion, Audiences and Volunteering.  This includes:

  • Audience Champions, a programme that equips museums to develop a data-driven approach to audience development by gaining in-house skills in data collection and data analysis using Audience Finder.
  • Inclusive Museums, a strategic programme designed for managers, trustees and decision makers to create more inclusive organisations
  • Open to All, an annual programme to support West Midlands museums to make their buildings and collections more accessible
  • WMMD Volunteers Portal, contact Michelle if you would like to promote your volunteering opportunities on the Volunteers Portal

Olivia Basterfield, Joint Programme Manager

Olivia leads on Accreditation and Sustainability.  This includes:

  • Organisational Sustainability, a rolling programme of commissioned training and projects designed to encourage museums to take a holistic approach to the way in which they operate and are managed to ensure their future resilience
  • Environmental Sustainability, including Bright Future, a programme of energy audits and grants and Carbon Literacy for Museums
  • Technical Accreditation Advice, providing effective technical advice to enable museums to achieve and maintain Accreditation and also supporting the Accreditation Mentor network in the West Midlands
  • Banish the Backlog, delivered in partnership with Collections Trust, this rolling programme is designed to help museums collect responsibly and be accountable in their collecting and documentation activity

Dawn Allman, Museum Development Officer – Data and Comms

Dawn leads on Data and Communication. This includes:

  • Monthly newsletters and email bulletins, contact Dawn if you’d like to promote a training event that you’re hosting, have a good news story to share or would like to advertise a job opportunity
  • WMMD website updates, including sector news updates and job opportunities
  • Small Grants administration queries
  • Annual Museums Survey

Helen Johnson, Museum Development Officer

Helen leads on Collections.  This includes:

  • Hidden Histories, an annual programme providing participating museums with specialist collections knowledge and expertise
  • Collections training events, including sessions on collections management and care
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